Oliver! was a sold out show in the Hannah Center Theater both nights March 8th and 9th. Lionel Bart’s musical Oliver! is based on the adaptation of Charles Dickens' 1839 novel Oliver Twist.
The story chronicles the life and struggles of the eponymous orphan boy and his many attempts to find a stable home and ultimately, life. Along the way, he meets a variety of characters from different backgrounds—some genteel and kind-heart hearted, other exploitative and violent. Particular characters of note are the elegant ruffian the Artful Dodger, the stingy Fagin, the malevolent Bill Sikes, Sikes' complex and strong-willed partner Nancy, and the good-natured Mr. Brownlow.
This year’s musical involved students and faculty from all three divisions at O’Neal. The cast includes Judy Goetzl as Oliver, Clara Lussier as The Artful Dodger, Reese Fisher as Fagin, Ana Huesa as Nancy, Max Epstein as Bill Sikes, Beatrice “Trixie” Gomlak as Mr. Brownlow, Matt Jacobs as Mr. Bumble, Virginia Andres as Mrs. Corney, Piper Everts as Bet, Meghan Brianas as Mr. Sowerberry, Kaleigh O’Leary as Mrs. Sowerberry, Teagan McVeigh as Charlotte, Carson Pusser as Noah Claypole, Sahara Kokott as Mrs. Bedwin, Nik Epstein as Mr. Grimwig, Ria Elamaran as Old Sally, Rob Mays as Charley Bates, Thomas Garret, Charlotte Mills, Lauren McFarland, Sofi Afable, Nik Epstein, Rob Mays, Caitlyn Blocklinger as the chorus. The Lower School musical group, the O’Nealers, performed “Food Glorious Food” and “Oliver”.
Members of the O'Neal production team include theatrical director Ian Watson, musical director David Lussier, choreographer Amanda Bumgarner, and dramaturg/assistant director, and O'Neal senior, Jenna Burns.
Oliver! premiered in the West End of London in 1960 before moving to Broadway in 1962. It was then adopted into the well-known and highly successful 1968 film directed by Carol Reed, which won Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
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